About

 

BC First Nations Forestry Council (FNFC) is a non-profit society supporting BC First Nations' forestry activities, from Policy and Legislation, Forestry Strategy development, Jobs and Training opportunities, Stewardship and Sustainability to First Nations Business Leadership. 

In 2006, the BC First Nations Forestry Council conducted a series of regional dialogue sessions with BC First Nations. These dialogue session provided the FNFC with vision, mission, and governance structure.

The First Nations engagements also resulted in a number of recommendations and action items reflected in the BC First Nations Forestry & Land Stewardship Action Plan, as well as direction.

 

 

Mission
 

  • Implement processes to restore the land and ecosystem.
  • Work with partner organizations, such as the First Nations Leadership Council and others, to increase efficiencies and benefits to First Nations communities.
  • Work with governments and others to ensure that First Nations' needs, values, and principles are factored into forestry-related policy and program development, including monitoring, evaluating, influencing and providing policy advice and research.
  • Support First Nations in forest, land and marine use planning that is holistic and reflective of their traditional and contemporary knowledge, values and governance systems. 
  • Advocate on forestry matters on behalf of First Nations communities.
  • Promote forestry-related opportunities for First Nations.
  • Provide effective communications to First Nations, governments, and the general public with respect to forestry-related matters (and the mountain pine beetle infestation).
  • Foster government-to-government and other working relationships and partnerships,
  • Support First Nations communities in managing mountain pine beetle epidemic through the implementation of the BC First Nations Mountain Pine Beetle Action Plan, including addressing development and capacity issues at the community level.

Vision

A healthy forest ecosystem that continues to sustain and enhance the cultural, spiritual, environmental, economic and social lives of the original owners and caretakers and is managed through respectful government-to-government and community relationships based on recognition and respect.

History


In September 2005, the BC First Nations Leadership Council convened a meeting of First Nations Chiefs to discuss the Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) infestation and the ways and means of accessing funds to address the situation. The meeting was held in Prince George, BC and was attended by over 100 representatives of concerned First Nations. Participants discussed priority issues and drafted a First Nations Mountain Pine Beetle Action Plan. A First Nations Mountain Pine Beetle Working Group was struck to work with governments and others to implement the First Nations Mountain Pine Beetle Action Plan. In 2006, this Working Group was firmly established as BC First Nations Forestry Council.

Governance


First Nations Forestry Council is governed by a board of directors composed of representatives from the First Nations Summit (FNS), the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), and the BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN).

FNFC is politically accountable to the First Nations Leadership Council, and the First Nations of BC.

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